The wintry storm that crippled the entire state of Texas last month is estimated to cost 195 billion dollars in damages and has already been linked to dozens of deaths due to prolonged exposure of extreme cold. For several days, millions of Texans were left without heat in their homes, no running or clean water and food shortages. What factors fed into this statewide failure? Is this a weather pattern that will happen more frequently as the climate shifts?
- Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, regents professor, atmospheric sciences, Texas A&M University
- Dr. Friederike Otto, climatologist, associate professor, global climate science program, University of Oxford.
Links for more information:
- Houston Chronicle: Regulators knew of freeze risk to Texas’ natural gas system. It still crippled power generation.
- Continue to Help: Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank.
- UN News: Polar vortex responsible for Texas deep freeze, warm Arctic temperatures.